Thanks to Lance and his awesome contribution to the Valhalla bring-and-buy, into which I dived in and grabbed his great 15mm 1792-1806 Prussian starter army.
So my dream of running through the entire French Revolutionary Wars period of coalitions 1 and 2, and putting on each main battle in chronological order on the monthly Sunday games day is, about to begin.
(1) We had the warm up with Marengo and Austerlitz.
(2) The Boney set-piece rules, together with the GTM (Grand Tactical Movement) rules - where appropriate, e.g. Marengo yes, Austerlitz no point - are about as good as it gets, imho.
(3) I have the 15mm figures now to do the lot. OK, maybe Hessian, Royalist Army of Conde (Emigres), Royalist Chouan, and British (Duke of York) need a bit of attention i.e. are non-existent, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. (Anyone got any of these, btw?).
So let's start at the beginning. A very good place to start ...
Valmy battle background
A bit of a cannonade and a damn good ol' sing-song! ...
Doesn't include Austrian, Hessian, and Conde reserves: -
I cannot find an orbat for the Austrian, Hessian, and Conde armies at Valmy. I think it's because they were held in reserve and never committed, so no-one seems to have documented them. Even Nafziger's legendary "orders of battle for every battle since the dawn of time" doesn't have them: -
If anyone has a resource on this, please let me know.
If I can't find them, then we'll make do with nearest equivalent orbat from around that time, and scale it to the right strength.
Includes both Dumouriez's Armee du Nord and Kellerman's Army de Centre: -
Here's the background gem ...
Valmy French Revolutionary "Troops"
Aka "scum" per the Boney stats sheet! Yay, meet the class of '92! ...
Valmy Prussians, Austrians, Hessians, and Conde
Overall situation of France
Surrounded and embattled on every front, inside and out! Oooh-la-la! ...
They no doubt enjoyed cheese in 1792, but there wasn't a surrender monkey among 'em! Coz twenty years later this "army of lawyers" had changed the map somewhat ...
The usual suspects for Valmy to follow later: -
(1) Scenario, special rules, and victory conditions
(2) Map with start locations
(3) Orders of battle
(4) Boney rules stats sheets
"Here and today, a new epoch in the history of the world has begun, and you can boast you were present at its birth" - Goethe on Valmy
- Kellerman at Valmy
Vive la Liberté !